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Faculty Handbook

The Faculty Handbook, effective September 30, 2016, constitutes a brief description of the rights and responsibilities of membership in the faculty of Northwestern University. If policies and procedures of schools, departments, or other administrative offices conflict with information in the Handbook, the statements in the Faculty Handbook take precedence.

For a description of the different types of faculty categories, visit the Faculty Categories page. If you are unable to find the information you are looking for, please contact us at

A summary of the changes to the current version of the Handbook, effective September 30, 2016, may be found in a  Faculty Senate letter announcing changes to the Faculty Handbook  that was sent to all faculty on October 10, 2016.

Previous Versions of the Faculty Handbook

Faculty Handbook  , effective April 1, 2015 - September 29 2016

Faculty Handbook , effective August, 2012 - March 31, 2015

Faculty Appeals Guidelines

The Faculty Appeals Panel Guidelines, effective September 1, 2018, govern faculty appeals of a denial of tenure, promotion, or reappointment by a Northwestern University School (Appeal) as set forth in the “Appeal Procedures” section of the Northwestern University Faculty Handbook. 

Previous Versions of the Faculty Appeals Guidelines

Faculty Appeals Guidelines, effective September 30, 2016 - August 31, 2018.

Faculty Appeals Guidelines, effective April 1, 2015 - September 29, 2016.

The University Faculty Reappointment Promotion Tenure Dismissal Appeals Panel (UFRPTDAP) Guidelines, effective 2004 - March 31, 2015.